Dr. Judith C. Hochman is the creator of the Hochman Method and founder of The Writing Revolution, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting teachers and school leaders in implementing this explicit set of evidence-based strategies for teaching writing. Dr. Hochman served as the Head of The Windward School in White Plains, New York, a nationally renowned independent school focused on teaching students with learning disabilities. Read More
Kathleen has been active in the field of education her entire professional life. She taught fifth grade in upstate New York for three years, followed by a teaching position in a middle school in Newark, New Jersey. Read More
Lisa is an active volunteer, serving a variety of education and health organizations over the past 20 years. She is currently a trustee on the KIPP New Jersey board, a high performing charter network in Newark, NJ. Read More
Lisa is a member of the New York Museum of Modern Art Contemporary Arts Council.
Deirdre has been the principal of New Dorp High School in Staten Island, NY since 1999. Prior to that, she brought Telecommunications High School in Brooklyn, NY into the public eye when, as assistant principal of special education, she spearheaded a successful improvement for special education students. Read More
Chris is a health care lawyer and mediator. In 1998 she formed Medical Mediation Group LLC, which provides mediation services to resolve disputes in health care and conducts trainings. Read More
Andrew is the Chief Operating Officer of Neuberger Berman Group LLC. He joined the firm in 2001. Andy’s responsibilities include oversight of the firm’s client coverage and distribution channels, as well as information technology and operations functions. Read More
Arnold was a member of Proskauer LLC’s Executive Committee for nine years and a former Co-chair of the Corporate Department. He established and served as Chairman of the Proskauer Institute, which provides a formal training program for all newly arriving Proskauer attorneys each year. Read More
Martin J. Oppenheimer is a former Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Department, with a national reputation for representing employers in labor relations matters.
As spokesman in labor negotiations, attorney in arbitration and administrative proceedings, and counselor on all aspects of personnel and labor problems, he has represented, among his commercial clients, Time Warner, United Parcel Service, Amerada Hess, Coca-Cola Enterprises, and many of the leading United States shipping companies.Read More
Martin has acted as counsel to many national and regional Taft-Hartley pension and benefit plans.
In addition to his work in the industrial and commercial sectors, Martin has represented a wide range of not-for-profit organizations, including Columbia University, Yale University, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera.
Martin is actively engaged in the New York City philanthropic community. He served as Chair of the Board of City Center of Music and Drama, Inc., is a Director Emeritus of the Board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and a member of the boards of the 92nd Street YMHA, The Emelin Theatre, and New York Road Runners, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia.
Mr. Oppenheimer is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Yale Law School and was a Fulbright Scholar at Goethe University in Frankfurt.
Ivonne Gonzalez Ruggles is an experienced senior executive, entrepreneur, and non-profit board member. After building a global cosmetics company and successfully selling it to one of the fastest growing retailers in the USA, Ivonne knows what it takes to build an organization, navigate uncertainty and make strategic decisions.Read More
Prior to her entrepreneurial venture, Ivonne held positions in Fortune 500 companies, investment banking, and management consulting over her 25-year career in business. She holds a global perspective from living in Europe and from leading business transactions in England, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, China, and the UAE.
She earned an MBA in Finance from the Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin. She enjoys spending time with her family and helping the community in the fields of business, education and the arts.
Rohan was most recently a Business Analyst at Alphabet Inc., where he was responsible for operations planning and analytics for the Google Fiber project. Read More
Natalie Wexler is the author of The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System — and How to Fix It (Avery 2019). She is a senior contributor on education at Forbes.com and is the co-author, with Judith C. Hochman, of The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades (Jossey-Bass, 2017). Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and other publications. Read More
Neil is the Dean of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. Previously, Mr. Braun held the position of Chief Executive Officer of The Carbon Neutral Company and Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of The GreenLife Organization. He also sits on the Share our Strength and Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Board of Directors.
David is the ninth president of the College Board and has been described as the “architect” of the Common Core. He was recognized as one of Time magazine’s “11 Educational Activists for 2011” and one of the NewSchools Venture Fund Change Agents of the Year for 2012. Read More
Dr. Klein Friedman has served New York City students since the mid 1970s as a teacher of special education and reading in elementary, middle and high schools; staff development trainer; principal; director of literacy and social studies; regional director of academic intervention services and local instructional superintendent; director of secondary school reform, director of academic intervention services, director of a Supplemental Educational Services program internal to the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE); interim superintendent; and currently as executive director of literacy and academic intervention services at NYCDOE. Read More
Doug is the Managing Director of the Uncommon Schools’ Teach Like a Champion team. He is the author of the international bestseller Teach Like a Champion, a study of high performing urban teachers to make their methods concrete and replicable. Read More
Jillian Neubauer is a former business executive with extensive experience as a general manager and in strategic planning and new business development. Most recently, Jillian served as Director of Finance and Operations for the University Alliance for Life-Long Learning, an online learning venture of Princeton, Yale, Oxford, and Stanford Universities. Read More
Shalinee Sharma is CEO and co-founder of Zearn, a nonprofit curriculum publisher. Under her leadership, Zearn created Zearn Math, a top-rated K-5 curriculum and classroom model that supports daily differentiation and engagement so all children can love learning math. Read More
Megan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, where she trained to teach in the public school system. Upon graduation, Megan worked as a teacher in the People’s Republic of China while residing in Hangzhou. Read More